Tina Nemetz


Mentor Philosophy

My philosophies around Mentoring are simple. We are whole and complete. We each have everything one needs, to do anything we want, anything we desire, at anytime. We do not always see that, sometimes we are blind to the most obvious, or simply ignoring what we do not find easy. Making art is an act of bravery and beauty.

The Mentor/Protégée relationship for me is protégée driven. Driven by your personal goals, needs and concerns. I create a safe place for experimentation. I ask many questions, helping you to come to your own answers. I guide you on a journey to lead you to be the creative person you want to be, successful by your definition. I am your support; the Mentor Program is your community.


Environmental Sculpture, Mixed media Sculpture, Foundry, Mold Making, Armatures, Mask Making, Painting, Installation, Digital Arts, Experimental Photography, Parade and Puppet art.


I am committed to working with a protégé for a two year cycle or on a short term project, building relationships that support our commitment to art, exploration and exhibition. Sharing myself, my experience and personal view in: Commitment to Process and Possibility, Long Range Planning, Grant Writing, Documentation, Creating a Public Context, Problem Solving and Personal Support and Self Assessment. Life should be fun. Art should be fun.

Artist Statement

I define myself as a “community” artist: I go where the people are to make community based art. Hearing and seeing who people are, what they want and then working equally with them: sharing my ideas while supporting theirs. I have begun to merge my puppet skills with my foundry art… learning to balance my community arts commitment, with my desire to express myself freely as a metal sculptor. Using bronze, iron, paper mache and found objects.
The major themes running through my work concern ritual, place and personal narrative.
I explore interior spaces through form. I have been meditating on the intimacy of shapes and objects, paying attention to surfaces, associative concepts: Interpreting both transitory and enduring emotional and spiritual experiences. My newest work is an extension of topics generated through the Mayday planning process: primarily seed, earth and water images. My current sculpture “Ova Mundus” explores the concepts of Eggs and Iron: Abstract Egg (ness) is eternal and forever the same – the primordial form of everything manifested, from atom to man to iron angel. Eggshells are the fragile, yet enduring transformation of female energy. My combining native materials with the male energy of iron, is the “primal fight”.

Tina Nemetz, "Song"

Tina Nemetz, Abstractions: if I love you…why do I feel like this?

Tina Nemetz, Abstractions: if I love you…why do I feel like this?

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Tina Nemetz, "Ova Mundus"

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Tina Nemetz, "Emotional Landscape," Toy Theater

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Tina Nemetz, "Heart of the Wounded Earth" Break the Spell, 2012 HOBT Mayday Parade

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Tina Nemetz, "Spirit Dress" Break the Spell, 2012 HOBT Mayday Parade